5th STXIFF Official Selection presents "Keep the Fire Lit: Lost Tribes of Texas" from the International Feature Film Competition
This fascinating documentary opens a window onto the true cultural history of Texas. Six hundred years after the the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Spanish colonization and the White Settlers’ Movement that came in its wake. It annihilated many tribes and decimated the numbers of those that survived, The descendants of the Texas tribes now speak. They share the legends and stories of their people, handed down to them over countless generations, revealing their oral histories and the spiritual ceremonies inherited from their ancestors.
Through the medium of story and ceremony, KEEP THE FIRE LIT provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds, and the lives of Indigenous Texans. The film dives deep into this remarkable fragment of Texas society. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. We visit holy sites across Texas and interview key individuals from these native communities: tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, cultural artisans, traditional tribal dancers, environmental activists and civil rights lawyers. This film make it way to the Standing Rock pipeline and then hits home with a 1st ever Apache Reunion in Mexico.